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Jamie Field

Dr. Knight


18 March 2014

Topic Proposal

 For a country that prides itself for the Internet revolution and certain technologies that follow, today The United States ranks 8th in the world for high speed internet penetration. That said, I would like to write my research paper over the issues of Internet speeds and Internet connection within the United States. I would like to compare other countries like South Korea, Japan and Switzerland’s Internet connections with the United States. Using Susan Crawford’s article we read for class titled, “The New Digital Divide” will serve as my inspiration for this research paper. For my references sake, Crawford’s timing was perfect, she just released in 2013 and reprinted her new book in February titled “Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Guilded Age”, which I will use as another one of my main resources. The questions I would like to answer are, since the inception of the internet in the United States, we were considered the founders of the internet revolution, why is it that today we are 8th in the world when it comes to internet speeds? Answering that question in the paper, I would like to further my research into government intervention, trying to answer questions like why don’t Americans have government intervention when it comes to Internet oversight and laying down new and faster lines? Is this an issue of monopolization from big conglomerates? Will this hinder our businesses in the United States trying to be competitive in a monopolized telecommunications system? Is our economy threatened as our internet serves business to thrive, instead internet services today are doing consumers in the United States and unjust by depriving us of the vital speeds we need to be competitive? Is the reason that the United States is only 8th in the global ranking of Internet speeds directly due to a monopolized telecommunications system? Why are other countries Internet speeds faster and cheaper? These questions will help spur my research and further discussions about the problems that lie in the telecommunications system in the United States compared to other countries on a global level.

Working Bibliography

Bicchierai-Franceschi-Lorenzo. Why Monopolistic Telecoms Threaten Internet Equality. 17 Sep. 2012. Web. 18 march 2014.

Brodkin, Jon. Why You-Tube Buffers: The Secret Deals That Make-and Break-Online Video. ArsTechnica. 28 July, 2013. Web. 18 March 2014. 

Cassidy, John. We Need Real Competition, Not a Cable-Internet Monopoly. The New Yorker. 3 Feb. 2014. Web. 18 March 2014. 

Crawford, Susan. Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Guilded Age. Yale University Press. 2013. Print. 

Crawford, Susan. The New Digital Divide. The New York Times. 3 Dec. 2011. Web.

Farivar, Cyrus. The Internet of Elsewhere: The Emergent Effects of a Wired World. Rutgers University Press. 2011. Print.

Gross, Terry. and Crawford, Susan. When It Comes To High-Speed Internet, U.S. Falling Way Behind.6 Feb. 2014.Podcast: “NPR Fresh Air”. 18 March 2014.    

Wyatt, Edward. U.S. Lagging in High-Speed Internet Service. The Boston Globe. 3 Dec. 2013. Web.



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